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Radar detector install comments

I wired my Escort into the overhead console on our Macan S and mounted it at the top of the windshield immediately to the right of the rear view mirror. The results were excellent, and I’m very happy with the solution. If you are considering doing this yourself, here are my cautions and comments.
This is a difficult job (particularly the wiring) and I’d not recommend it unless you feel very proficient in soldering in tight spaces. Second, the overhead console is held in with spring clips which are easily destroyed in the removal process unless you’re very careful. Third, the power source I used is used for the proximity sensors, so your detector will remain on when the car is locked (unless you “double lock” the car to disable the sensors) If your still game, here goes.

1. Remove the black trim piece around the console. This part just snaps in and is easily removed by pulling down on the rear edge with even, constant pressure. Once the rear snaps loose, you can work your way forward and remove the piece.

2. Pull down the console from the rear. This is the tricky part. There are 4 spring clips and two pivot points (at the front edge) holding the console. The rear clips are at the sides near the back edge. As you pull down on the back edge you will see the clips. They tend to get caught and crumple up as you pull down. Use a screwdriver or such to work the clip edge in toward the console so it doesn’t catch. I still managed to bend one, but was able to remove the console and fix it. You don’t need to remove the console (unless you have the clip problem); it will pivot down toward the front of the car.

3. There are two cables plugged into the console. The one on the right side of the car contains a brown wire which is ground/negative (bless the Germans for their consistency in color coding; brown is ground in every Porsche since 1949). Using a sharp exacto knife, I scraped off about 4 mm of insulation and soldered the detector cable negative to this wire, then carefully taped that connection.

4. There is a red wire in the bundle; it is not 12 volts, but a lower voltage for the logic on the circuit board. Ignore this one.

5. There are two red wires with yellow tracer; both of these are 12 volts, switched on and off for various purposes. I chose the one that powers the proximity sensors (it had the higher voltage: 12.6v vs. 12.1 volts on the other one). I don’t know what the other one powers and it may be suitable as well. Again, scrape about 4 mm insulation, solder the detector cable positive here, and tape the connection.

6. Thread the cable through the small opening at the front of the console near the mirror. The escort uses a telephone connector that easily goes through this opening; if you have a bigger connector, you’ll need to thread the pigtail through from the outside before you connect it up. There is plenty of room inside above the console for slack cable, so cut your pigtail/cable with an extra 3-4 inches to make the job easier, then push the slack back inside.

7. Snap the console back in place and install the black trim.
 

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Thanks for the tips.
If I was going to go to the trouble to hard wire my detector, it would definitely need to be wired to a switched power source. I'd rather run the wiring back to the fuse panel, like I did in my 911, so that a switched slot can be utilized. The need to manually turn the detector on and off would be a real pain IMO. Also, running wire under the windshield trim is usually simpler than dealing with the overhead console with its attendant risks.
 

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Just curious guys. How effective are radar detectors these days against laser guns? Do u get any warning before he has you made for a speeding ticket? I gave up on them years ago after buying my first laser one and it gave me almost no warning against laser guns.

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Thanks for the tips.
If I was going to go to the trouble to hard wire my detector, it would definitely need to be wired to a switched power source. I'd rather run the wiring back to the fuse panel, like I did in my 911, so that a switched slot can be utilized. The need to manually turn the detector on and off would be a real pain IMO. Also, running wire under the windshield trim is usually simpler than dealing with the overhead console with its attendant risks.
I don't have a Macan (yet) but I have hard wired my detector in my current vehicle and past vehicles. I have the same Escort detector as the OP. Like Keninblaine, I wire my detector into a switched power source - I actually purchase the long cable from Escort (~$20) and run it under the top of the windshield trim across the drivers side and behind the drivers side A-pillar. One end of the cable that plugs into the detector goes right behind the rear view mirror. The other end of the cable runs down into the fuse box. Again, I don't have a Macan yet, but in the fuse box there are usually switched and unswitched fuses. Usually there are spare spaces where you can plug in the correct fuse size for the detector and actually keep the detector protected on its own fuse. Plus, that pretty much keeps you from needing to splice into the wires in your new vehicle. It's also fairly easy to remove for the sale of the vehicle. I actually purchased the cable that allows me to mute the radar detector remotely which is easier than reaching up to the actual detector.
 

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Just curious guys. How effective are radar detectors these days against laser guns? Do u get any warning before he has you made for a speeding ticket? I gave up on them years ago after buying my first laser one and it gave me almost no warning against laser guns.

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I have an Escort, and it's definitely detected me being 'shot' by laser. From what I understand, the laser beam is much more focused than the radar beam, so by the time your detector detects the laser the police officer is already fixed on you. But I still would rather have a radar/laser detector than not. At least I know when the laser gun has noticed me and I can quickly bring the car down to a reasonable speed and not blow right by a police officer - begging for a ticket. I've never gotten a ticket from a laser gun (I've received a couple from radar). My recommendation is get the best detector you can afford - I personally would buy the latest and greatest Escort (just my opinion - others may differ). The newer models have less false alarms meaning you won't ignore the detector as much and it becomes less of a nuisance.
 

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Waze has replaced radar detectors these days - and it's free! I usually have the Waza app running on my phone when driving and it helps tremendously by alerting me ahead of police officers, road debris, road kills, etc. so I can be aware and avoid them easily. What technology and the internet can do is just amazing ;)
 

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Just curious guys. How effective are radar detectors these days against laser guns? Do u get any warning before he has you made for a speeding ticket? I gave up on them years ago after buying my first laser one and it gave me almost no warning against laser guns.

Opinions please.
Radar detectors won't protect you from a laser gun like they will against radar. If you want protection from lasers, you need to get a laser shifter system that interrupts the signal and gives you a chance to IMMEDIATELY slow down before they try another shot at you. If they don't get a return signal after 2 or 3 tries, they know you have a shifter. Shifters are not legal in many states/provinces. Don't know about Washington, but I know they were illegal in California. Good ones aren't cheap either, due to the need to mount hardware inconspicuously in front and rear of the car.
My Valentine keeps me pretty aware of any radar guns near me, and whether they're ahead of or behind me. Biggest problem is false alarms due to blind spot detection systems on other cars.
 
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Waze has replaced radar detectors these days - and it's free! I usually have the Waza app running on my phone when driving and it helps tremendously by alerting me ahead of police officers, road debris, road kills, etc. so I can be aware and avoid them easily. What technology and the internet can do is just amazing ;)
I agree Waze is a valuable tool. But what happens when the LEO is parked on the on ramp so passing motorists don't even see him to mark on Waze! I wouldn't depend only on Waze when you have other options available.]

If you stay below +8 mph Waze is probably good enough.
 

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Just curious guys. How effective are radar detectors these days against laser guns? Do u get any warning before he has you made for a speeding ticket? I gave up on them years ago after buying my first laser one and it gave me almost no warning against laser guns.

Opinions please.
I have been using radar detector and Laser gun inhibitor for years. Radar detector is nearly mandatory, it will safe you 100 of tickets and will keep your license safe. I know that in America that is very uncommon but most of the European country’s work with this Radar boxes, cheaper to maintain than getting an officer s pay check.
I have the laser gun inhibitor but never used it as there are barley officers using it in Spain. Its more common in France or other north countries.
 

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I followed these instructions to a tee but on the drivers side. Worked like a charm.

Some notes:

1. The airbag warning light housing middle of windshielf will just snap on and off. I used this to tuck the cable behind the center mirror area.

I routed my escort driver side up through the mirror and the to the right side (passeneger side). worked great. mounted the remote button on the right side of the steering wheel.

I used one of the 5 AMP fuses..... and it worked.
 

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Waze has replaced radar detectors these days - and it's free!
Radar detectors are so 1980s. Like CB radio back in the 1970s ;)

Besides, with a permanent installation, what do you all do when you drive through states like VA where they are banned?

That is a Virginia Tech Logo, no?
 

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Radar detectors are so 1980s. Like CB radio back in the 1970s ;)

Besides, with a permanent installation, what do you all do when you drive through states like VA where they are banned?

That is a Virginia Tech Logo, no?
Keep it on in VA like any other state. Yes, radar detectors are illegal there, but so is driving over the posted speed limit ;)

None of these installations are permanent, the radar detector can easily be removed from the windshield just as if it was plugged into the 12V outlet.

LEO's still use radar more than any other method, so radar detectors are certainly not 1980s.
 

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These aren't permanent installations. The detector can still be easily removed by unplugging the power wire. On top of that, I never go to Virginia.:)
 
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And on the point of Virginia or any state that they are illegal….a ticket for having a radar detector is just that…it's not a moving violation with points, so you're better off just risking it. Let's just say I had 94mph, $560 ticket and wish the V1 had been on my windshield when going thru VA.
 

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and on the point of virginia or any state that they are illegal….a ticket for having a radar detector is just that…it's not a moving violation with points, so you're better off just risking it. Let's just say i had 94mph, $560 ticket and wish the v1 had been on my windshield when going thru va.
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Taking notes on wiring for a dash cam. I'm more worried about other stupid drivers than a speeding ticket.
 

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LEO's still use radar more than any other method, so radar detectors are certainly not 1980s.
the power of the internet is far greater than any one radar detector

Let's just say I had 94mph, $560 ticket and wish the V1 had been on my windshield when going thru VA.
Someone from VA can speak up if the law has changed but if you get a 94 mph ticket in VA, they have cell waiting for you and is a felony for reckless driving. VA is a very bad place to get a speeding ticket.

You can read about the civil fines here Virginia Speeding Ticket Fines these fines were eventually repealed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Remedial_Fees_(Virginia)

and you can read about your state here State Traffic and Speed Laws Note the part about jail time over 90.

Also note that 80 MPH is reckless driving. Since the interstate is 70, that is 10 over. That part hasn't been repealed, just the civil fines.

Ontario "Stunt Driving" law doesn't sound to good either.

Here is an interesting thread on stunt driving Honeymoon Over: Legit Warning to potential 981 Buyers
 

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the power of the internet is far greater than any one radar detector



Someone from VA can speak up if the law has changed but if you get a 94 mph ticket in VA, they have cell waiting for you and is a felony for reckless driving. VA is a very bad place to get a speeding ticket.

You can read about the civil fines here Virginia Speeding Ticket Fines these fines were eventually repealed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Remedial_Fees_(Virginia)

and you can read about your state here State Traffic and Speed Laws Note the part about jail time over 90.

Also note that 80 MPH is reckless driving. Since the interstate is 70, that is 10 over. That part hasn't been repealed, just the civil fines.

Ontario "Stunt Driving" law doesn't sound to good either.

Here is an interesting thread on stunt driving Honeymoon Over: Legit Warning to potential 981 Buyers
Good thing I live in Texas, where if you drive the speed limit you get run over ;). The speed limit on most highways outside city limits was raised to 75 and we have some toll roads with 85 mph.

Not to brag too much about Texas, but got stopped doing 85 in a 65, got a warning.
 
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